This year I have applied to Fulbright Student Program and I have been selected as a semi-finalist but failed my interview at the end. Here you can find out how I failed my Fulbright Scholarship Interview.
By the way if you want to find scholarships very easily, there are only two websites I can recommend.
Recovery from that was very easy to be honest because of three things I am going to tell you about.
And if you have also failed a scholarship program or if you have not even been shortlisted for an interview this year, don’t despair.
C’mon, sit down. Let’s talk!
Remember what happened to Titanic
When Titanic (with 2,223 passengers and 13 of which were honeymoon couples) sailed across the Atlantic Ocean from the UK to the USA thousands of people could not get tickets to get on board.
Now for a moment or two just imagine how undervalued, unlucky and unhappy these people felt themselves at that time. They were probably ready to make any sacrifices to find themselves on the board of the ship and make the history.
But then what happened? Titanic hit an iceberg and 1,500 passengers - almost two-thirds of people on board had to die. Now the story of Titanic should teach us one thing. Not everything that shines is gold.
Often times when bad things happen they turn up to be good later on because the God knows and we don’t. If you are honest, and a good person then there is a much better reward waiting for you.
Bottom line: again not everything that shines is gold.
Remember behind success there is commitment
There were a number of people who helped with my application process. Some of them helped me from the beginning to the end. Some of them gave me some general guidance of how I should write my essays and attend the semi-finalist interview at the US embassy.
I thought even those people, who helped me with general guidance and feedback, deserved to know my interview results whether it is a good or bad news.
So when I told one of them (they were all Fulbright scholars) my interview results I found out that they had actually applied three years to get Fulbright Student program scholarship. And I was like, “Wowwwwwww…” Three years…? After that, I realized that I had a long way to go and there was no reason for me to get discouraged.
Bottom line: behind every success there is a huge invisible commitment.
Remember what you will have to sacrifice
My daughter has been missing me a lot lately and asking me to play with her a lot as if she knew I was planning to go abroad to study. And at some point, I was feeling myself a bit guilty because if I get the scholarship and go to the USA to study, then my family would have to join me after about 2-4 months.
Now you may say “Oh it is a short little time, buddy”, but depending on how young your kids are and what your values are, even 2-4 days spent without a family may create strong emotional distress both to you and your children. For me living without my family for 2-4 months would really and really hard.
And you know let’s take it seriously. Don’t think that children are children. They will get it over as the time passes by. Different children are different. We should not be playing with their emotions.
I had a colleague from my previous employer who had won Muskie scholarship to study in the USA for two years. He traveled to the US without his family and after about one month he had to give up everything and come back because his little son was so sick about him and fell even ill crying days after days.
Bottom line: analyze what you will have to sacrifice beforehand.